2015 Guigal Saint-Joseph Rouge

Year: 2015
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 91
James Suckling: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 90
Red Wine
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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS CRAZY GOOD 2015 RED RHONE!!

"Inviting, with a core of warm raspberry, fig and blackberry compote flavors inlaid liberally with roasted apple wood and anise notes. Shows brambly grip through the finish. Best from 2020 through 2028. 18,300 cases made, 350 cases imported. JM" (WS)

"Aged in second fill barrels, the 2015 Saint-Joseph is another huge success. Sourced from the southern end of this sprawling appellation, off granitic sites, it showcases aromas of crushed stones and discrete pencil shavings, which frame bright cherry notes. It's medium to full-bodied, poised and fresh, with lingering tart berry flavors on a long, stony finish.

As my visit to Guigal came smack in the middle of harvest, I was only able to do an abbreviated tasting of about 30 wines. Tasting with the father-and-son team of Marcel and Philippe Guigal and joined by recent addition Jacques Desvernois (formerly at Jaboulet), we worked our way through all of the current releases in between sporadic loads of Côte Rôtie grapes arriving at the reception. On one occasion, while Philippe was dealing with a delivery, Marcel grabbed a pipette and we went to take an "unofficial" look at the 2015 La Las. As we only tasted from one barrel of each, I'm not updating my formal reviews from last year but will simply say that each of the barrels we tasted from were potentially perfect. When someone of Marcel's experience says 2015 is the best vintage he's ever seen in the Northern Rhône, would you expect anything different? Of the now-bottled 2014 La Las, Marcel said, "It's not a great year, but it needs time." While not up to the level of the 2015s, they're still impressive, and while they could all use a few years in the cellar, the La Mouline and La Turque are fairly approachable. Guigal's policy of giving their red wines extended élevage means they're often not yet on the market when new-vintage hype strikes. On the other hand, now that many 2015s from the Northern Rhône have already sold through, Guigal is a last chance for consumers to grab hold of some great examples at reasonable prices from Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph, and the Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde. Even the 2015 Côtes du Rhône release is a beauty. As Marcel pointed out, "For us, it's a grand vin, not a simple, fruity wine." New from the 2017 vintage is a white Châteauneuf-du-Pape, while notably missing from the lineup is a Hermitage Ex Voto from 2014, as it wasn't deemed worthy and was blended into the regular Hermitage." (WA)

"Deep ruby. Smoky, mineral-accented cherry and dark berry liqueur aromas are complicated by hints of cola and licorice. Supple and broad on the palate, offering nicely concentrated blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter as the wine stretches out. A subtle floral pastille note comes up on the broad, clinging finish, which shows very good clarity and rounded tannins." (VM)

"This has some complex, smoked-meat aromas with an array of fragrant spices and peppery notes, as well as ripe, dark berries. The palate is powerful and yet elegant. This delivers a lot of dark-berry flavor in a fresh, sleek and powerful frame. Drink in 2020." (JS)

"Moving to the more granite soils of Saint Joseph, the 2015 Saint Joseph is an impressive, outstanding wine that has medium-bodied depth and richness as well as terrific (and classic) notes of black raspberries, spice, bacon fat, and bouquet garni. It’s elegant, has beautiful purity of fruit and fine tannins, and will keep for a decade.

The big news at the Guigal estate is the purchase of Domaine de Nalys in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The family has always wanted an estate in the South, and Nalys is an unrealized treasure trove of awesome terroir and old vines, both of which I’ve no doubt will be maximized by this talented family. In addition, the former winemaker at Paul Jaboulet Aîné, Jacques Desvernois, has joined the team, and while it’s not clear exactly what his role will be, I suspect he will largely lead the charge at Domaine de Nalys. Either way, Desvernois is an incredible talent and can only add to what is already a well-oiled machine. As to the wines reviewed in this report, I was able to taste multiple vintages of each of the cuvées and have listed the wines by cuvée as opposed to by vintage, which is how we tasted through the wines."(JD)